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St. Andrew Memorial Church

 

Dominating the property of the Metropolia of the UOC of USA in Somerset/South Bound Brook, NJ is the unique edifice of St. Andrew Memorial Church. Soaring skyward, the church is a monument to the Ukrainian Cossak Baroque architecture. A result of years of planning and the sacrifices, labors and donations of countless faithful, the church is dedicated to all who perished in the Stalinist famine (Holodomor) of 1932-33 and who have given their lives for the cause of freedom and justice. In 1955, construction began on St. Andrew Memorial Church which continued for ten years and the Memorial Church was consecrated on October 10, 1965.

The interior of the church reflects the mystery, beauty and splendor of Eastern Orthodox Christian spirituality. The Iconostasis (Icon Screen) which separates the Holy of Holiest from the nave of the church is the work of the Ukrainian artist Petro Kholodny. In 1980, and again in 1996, the interior was decorated by Ukrainian artist, Boris Makarenko. We can add that the Memorial Church, more than anything else, has become the symbol of our Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and our Metropolia Center – the Ukrainian Jerusalem, as Patriarch Mstyslav so fondly called it.


Holy Transfiguration Chapel 

Located between St. Andrew Memorial Church and the Historic Fisher House, this gazebo-chapel provides a peaceful and spiritual retreat for prayer and reflection. 


Holy Resurrection Mausoleum

 

The blessing of Holy Resurrection Mausoleum took place on May 7, 2001, on St. Thomas Sunday – Providna Nedilia, and became the completion of one of the dreams of Patriarch Mstyslav, who had originally designed the Memorial Church with a mausoleum beneath. There you can find the Patriarch’s crypt, which was blessed on June 11, 1994 one year after his repose, and a small museum exhibit of his life at the center. Surrounding this central area are another 226 crypts for the interment of Ukrainian Americans active in church and community life. Those who choose to be interred in Holy Resurrection Mausoleum will rest in a serene setting where their family and friends may visit in an atmosphere conducive to spiritual reflection and remembrance. The cemetery staff is always prepared to provide you with all the information you will need to make your own positive decisions about your final earthly resting place – the decisions that are among the most difficult in life.


Metropolitan Vasyl Lypkivskyj Monument

 

On October 23, 1983 the impressive monument to Metropolitan Vasyl Lypkivskyj was erected and blessed. Metropolitan Vasyl is a martyr for our Holy Ukrainian Orthodox Church and without the courage he displayed, it is most likely that our church here in the USA would not be in existence today. He awakened the consciousness of the faithful about their Ukrainian Orthodox Faith and the spiritual legacy handed down to them by their forefathers – the saints and martyrs who gave their life’s blood in protection of that legacy.


St. Olha Monument

 

Year 1987 marked the beginning of a Holy Year of Commemoration in anticipation of the 1,000th anniversary of the Baptism of Ukraine into the Holy Faith. On August 16th of that year the blessing of the monument dedicated to St. Olha took place. This monument was the initiative of the United Ukrainian Orthodox Sisterhoods and Ukrainian women throughout the Diaspora, and is meant to commemorate this “Equal to the Apostles”, who was perhaps more responsible than anyone else for bringing the Ukrainian nation to Christ.


Memorial to the Victims of the Holodomor-Famine in Ukraine


Ukrainian-American Veterans National Monument 

Dedicated on October 3, 2015


Sisterhood Hall

 

The Sisterhood of our Metropolia Center was established over 50 years ago and is blessed with an active and dedicated group of women, organized as the Sisterhood of Protection of the Mother of God.  Since the founding of Memorial Church the women have been an integral part of the growth and development of the community. Whether through their fund-raising activities, or their help in church, our sisterhood members have made an incalculable contribution to our parish. Their main fund-raising activity consists of Ukrainian food sales, which are held on the St. Thomas Sunday weekend. They also cater functions at the church hall (Tryzna), sponsor parish meals and luncheons, decorate the hall and church, and help in other ways. As they are under the patronage of the Protection of the Mother of God, a feast day (October 1/14) very dear to the Ukrainian people, the parish honors our sisterhood members at a luncheon held on the Sunday nearest to the feast day of the Holy Protection.

 

For more information about the Sisterhood, or to join, contact: Dobrodiyka Lesia Siwko, President (732) 742-0140.


Visiting the Church

 

Those who visit the church on Sundays or feast days have the opportunity of witnessing the worship of the Ukrainian Orthodox church in all its splendor. The Church’s choir, under the direction of Dr. Michael Andrec, through its use of ancient Kyivan liturgical melodies and compositions of renowned composers, presents the fullness of Ukrainian Orthodox spirituality in word and note.

 


 

 

St. Andrew Memorial Church Address:

280 Main St.

South Bound Brook, NJ 08880

Travel Information

 

Contact the Pastor:

V. Rev. Yuriy Siwko

(908) 393-9408  

 

Service Schedule

Sunday Divine Liturgy – 10:00 AM

Weekdays & Holy Days Divine Liturgy – 10:00 AM

Saturday & Holy Days Vesters – 6:00 PM

Monday Akathist to the Mother of God – 7 PM 

 

 

 

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Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA
P.O. Box 495;
South Bound Brook, NJ 08880
732-356-0090 (Phone) / 732-356-5556 (Fax)

Offices:
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA
Metropolia Center
135 Davidson Avenue; Somerset, NJ 08873

Email:
consistory@uocofusa.org
webmaster@uocofusa.org



 

  



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